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NSU Global Day of Service
As 2020 brought unprecedented events, 2021 became the year of hope and rebuilding. NSU hosted their second annual Global Day of Service on January 23, 2021. This day was filled with Sharks serving the community and giving back to those in need.
The goal of this event was to unite the community and bring forth strength and love via each service opportunity. Overall, there were more than 20 service projects that brought in a plethora of Shark volunteers and donations from all around the country.
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As the organization behind the Global Day of Service, NSU’s Alumni Association hosted online initiatives including “Hope Notes” virtual letters, which resulted in 235 letters written to frontline healthcare workers and responders, nursing homes, troops, and children’s hospital patients, and the “I Serve, You Serve” Social Media challenge, which encouraged participants to show what they’re passionate about online. Another NSU event was the Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep in partnership with the City of Fort Lauderdale. Shark Nation showed up with 95 volunteers who collected over 161 pounds of trash to keep our shorelines clean for humans and animals alike.
Similarly, NSU Sharks Athletics hosted their own food drive and had multiple athletic teams participate in other Global Day of Service events. Their food drive collected 750 pounds of food which was then donated to The Pantry of Broward. Amongst their athletes, more than 75 volunteers participated at various beach clean ups. Meanwhile, other student-athletes visited seven University School fifth-grade classrooms virtually to talk about leadership, and others visited three Davie Elementary School classrooms to virtually read books to students. Lastly, the NSU student-athletes and staff also donated towards a clothing drive for the Juan Guzman Foundation in the Dominican Republic as well as a food drive for the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center in Fort Lauderdale.
In addition to NSU-hosted events, alumni and friends also sent in their own service projects which included canned food drives, tutoring opportunities, pet rescue supply drives, personal care kits donations, virtual prayer calls, and donations to local charities.
HOPE South Florida received 1,000 pairs of socks and personal care kits to be donated to individuals in need, meanwhile the NSU College of Computing and Engineering raised nearly $1,000 for Feed South Florida. At NSU’s regional campus in Fort Myers, volunteers cleaned the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve Clean Up and at NSU Jacksonville, organizers collected personal care-kits to be donated to United Way.
Across the nation in San Diego, California, NSU alumna Tiffanie Kasner helped organized the “39% Project” with her students, which encouraged students to spend 39% of their day to “due” good with acts of kindness. In Texas, NSU alumna Debra Lomas, M.S. volunteered in Alice to help distribute COVID vaccines in their small community.
This second annual Global Day of Service owes its success to the NSU Shark community and their friends/family members. Together, we were able to volunteer and donate during these challenging times by allowing hope and love to serve as driving forces during this new year.
This Global Day of Service wouldn’t have been possible without the help of our sharks and we’re so grateful for our alumni, students, faculty/staff, partners and the City of Fort Lauderdale for their partnership!
If you’re still interested in staying involved, it’s never too late to donate or give back. Contact email@example.com with any upcoming service projects you’d like to share with NSU.